Feb. 20, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Joey Nelson
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After a grueling day of hard-fought matches, the UCF women's tennis team dropped a close bout against rival No. 61 USF, 6-1, at the UCF Tennis Complex.
UCF falls to 3-3 on the year and is 0-1 after its first American Athletic Conference matchup of the season, while the ranked Bulls move to 4-2, 1-0 American.
The Bulls sprung into an early 1-0 lead with the doubles point being decided at the No. 3 position, where USF's Olga Martinez and Vera Bessanova edged UCF's pair of Caroline Eberhart and Clare Mendell 8-7 (5).
The Knights would fall just short in the first two matches of the day, providing the Bulls a 3-0 advantage. The Black and Gold dug deep, however, and took the final four matches to a third set. Josephine Haraldson took the first set and carried her match into a third, but Loreto Alonso snuck past, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 1. Senior Courtney Griffith managed to claim the Knights' only point on the day by defeating Olaya Garrido-Rivas 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The UCF women's tennis team will take the home courts this Friday against Missouri at 10 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
USF vs UCF
Feb. 19, 2014 at Orlando, Fla.
USF 6, UCF 1
1. Loreto Alonso (USF) def. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Caroline Eberhart (UCF)
4. Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
5. Olga Martinez (USF) def. Cortney Cesarini (UCF) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-1, 6-1
1. Loreto Alonso/Alessandra Bonte (USF) def. Courtney Griffith/Josephine Haraldson (UCF) 8-6
2. Sofia Baptista/Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Fanny Fracassi/Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) 8-4
3. Olga Martinez/Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Caroline Eberhart/Clare Mendell (UCF) 8-7 (5)